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post #1 of 4 Old 03-07-2014, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Blue Centerpiece fish

I have a 55 gal community tank and right now most of my fish are either gray or orange. I also have a beautiful powder blue dwarf gourami.
The gourami right now is about two inches and I know they grow to be about 3.5 inches, but it still would look small in the tank.
I'd like suggestions on a good-sized, blue or purple fish that could be the centerpiece in my 55 gallon tank. I was considering angelfish even though they aren't blue, but I wouldn't want it to eat my shrimp.
My other occupants are:
-serpae tetras (the larger ones)
-mickey mouse platies
-powder blue dwarf gourami
-leopard cories
-oto cats
-amano shrimps

Any suggestions for blue, purple, or just non-red fish that are fairly large but are compatible with all of my other fish?
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-07-2014, 03:44 PM
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There are Philippine blue and Pinoy varieties of angelfish which are blue. Mine are not THAT blue but they get bluer and bluer as they age, so I cannot tell you exactly how blue they will be as adults; the jury is still out. However, angelfish are absolutely beautiful. But it may eat your shrimp. I can't think of any other fish that is larger than 3.5 inches that is blue and peaceful but I'm not the most creative person. Good luck!

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Ok, thanks!
You think the angelfish would eat the shrimp even though they are about 2 inches long?
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Can't tell you yet. I have a ghost shrimp right now and the angelfish sometimes go after him but not viciously. Like, they'll see him, go up to him and he will dart away and then they will ignore him. He has a lot of hiding places. Mine are not nearly full grown though, and I hear they get more aggressive as they age and will attack the shrimp, thats why I can only tell you that for the first 6 months it should be fine, but after that, it apparently depends on the personality of the angelfish. Since you'd only have one, its less likely... I have also heard of them eating otos (I researched a lot), but the consensus seemed to be that they likely won't. Since your shrimp and other fish are established its less likely that the new angelfish will try to eat them but still it may be a risk. You could get a trouble maker, or you could get a really peaceful one. You never know.

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